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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What do the texts of Manetho describe?
2. What does the chart on page 472 show?
3. What is the "Great Return"?
4. What is one element of the author's thesis in Chapter 52?
5. In Chapter 31, what are said to be encoded in the myths?
Short Essay Questions
1. Was Jane Sellers correct about the key astronomical numbers playing minor roles in the Osiris myths?
2. What is the cycle of precession?
3. Why did Hancock mention his researcher's resignation in Chapter 50?
4. What theory is the focus of Chapter 51?
5. Why did Hancock determine that the ancient Egyptians' astronomical observation and knowledge of solar system mechanics was clearer than assumed in Chapter 42?
6. Was Hipparchus the first to know about precession?
7. What message did Hancock wish to send to mankind in Chapter 52?
8. What explains the fluctuations in Egyptian agriculture, as explored in Chapter 46?
9. What is the connection between the Mayans and modern astrologers?
10. Is Hancock's message in Chapter 52 justified, based on the book as a whole?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
In Chapters 33 through 39, the author seemed to have trouble understanding the mindset of a people (the ancient Egyptians) that would go to such extraordinary lengths to incorporate perfect engineering accuracy into their structures. What possibilities did he consider, and what did he ultimately conclude?
Essay Topic 2
How does this book treat the theory of evolution?
Essay Topic 3
Hancock noted that the granite portcullis in the Great Pyramid (pictured on page 329) seems to serve no purpose other than to make an explorer wonder why and how huge stones are moved and installed in narrow passages. Did he consider any other possible purposes? What did he ultimately conclude?
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